Meet our herd of Myotonic Goats

Fainted!
Fainted!

Fainting Goats

This breed has several names- the most common are Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Nervous, and Scare goats. The names refer specifically to myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience prolonged contraction when the goat is startled. The transitory stiffness associated with these contractions can cause the goat to stop moving, stiffen, and even fall down. This is not a true faint, but a muscular phenomenon unrelated to the nervous system. The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright.

 

As strange as this may sound, these little critters have actually served an historical purpose. Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case of predator attacks. The theory went something like this- as wolves would come down from the hills to attack a flock of sheep, the goats would become startled and, as per the name of their breed, they would faint. The sheep would make a clean getaway, as the wolves would focus on the stunned goats rather than pursue the fleeing sheep. Not that wonderful if you were one of the goats, sure, but downright dandy if you happened to be a sheep.

Our Fainting Goats at Sink Hollow Farm are listed below


Libby                               DOB 05/02/10

Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.
Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.

Lilly                                 DOB 03/10/11

Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.
Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.

CAMELIA JUNE           DOB 03/08/13          MGR B8821

Camellia June is Black and white, horned, blue-eyed
Camellia June is Black and white, horned, blue-eyed

HAPPY HOUR              DOB 03/24/13             MGR B9460

Happy Hour - Tri colored Black, white, tan; horned; brown eyed
Happy Hour - Tri colored Black, white, tan; horned; brown eyed

CANDY                          DOB 04/21/15                 MGR D1989

Candy - Blue and white; horned; blue eyed
Candy - Blue and white; horned; blue eyed

PEEPS                           DOB 04/05/15                 MGR D1990

Peeps - Blue and white; blue eyed; horned
Peeps - Blue and white; blue eyed; horned

Shopping Shirley         DOB 02/26/16              MGR C8539

Shopping Shirley is Peacock pattern Red, Black, White; Polled; Brown eyed
Shopping Shirley is Peacock pattern Red, Black, White; Polled; Brown eyed

Apocalyptic                  DOB 03/25/16                MGR C8688

Apocyliptic is Black, tan, white peacock pattern: Horned; blue eyed
Apocyliptic is Black, tan, white peacock pattern: Horned; blue eyed

Trippin Molly                DOB 01/18/17              MGR D1896

Trippin Molly is Tri-colored Black, tan, white; Horned; Blue eyed
Trippin Molly is Tri-colored Black, tan, white; Horned; Blue eyed

Say it Ain't So Stella    DOB 01/15/17        MGR D1879

Stella is Moonspotted Chocolate, gray, tan, white; Polled; Blue eyed
Stella is Moonspotted Chocolate, gray, tan, white; Polled; Blue eyed

Dapple Apple               DOB 03/10/17            MGR D7810

Dapple is Moonspotted black, silver, tan, cream, white; Horned; Marble eyed
Dapple is Moonspotted black, silver, tan, cream, white; Horned; Marble eyed

Willow                           DOB 03/20/17                MGR D3313

Willow is Red, black, white; Horned; Brown eyed
Willow is Red, black, white; Horned; Brown eyed

Henny Penny                DOB 04/19/17             MGR D7802

Penny is Red, Polled, Marble eyed
Penny is Red, Polled, Marble eyed

PAISLEY                        DOB 04/30/17                MGR D3307

Paisley is Black & White; Polled; Blue eyed
Paisley is Black & White; Polled; Blue eyed

DHARMA                      DOB 01/18/18               MGR D7809

Dharma is Moonspotted Tan, gray, chocolate; Horned; brown eyed
Dharma is Moonspotted Tan, gray, chocolate; Horned; brown eyed

WONDER                       DOB 03/27/18               MGR D7808

Wonder is Moonspotted Black, White, Tan; Horned; Marble eyed
Wonder is Moonspotted Black, White, Tan; Horned; Marble eyed

Eleanor Wigby                DOB 2/20/19               MGR E3186

Wigby is Moonspotted Black, white, chocolate, tan; Horned; Blue eyed
Wigby is Moonspotted Black, white, chocolate, tan; Horned; Blue eyed

These Boots were made for walking "Bootsy"                        DOB   2/24/19               MGR E3187


Heaven's to Betsy   DOB 03/17/2020          MGR E5439

Betsy is Moonspotted Black, cream, chocolate, tan, silver; Horned; Blue eyed
Betsy is Moonspotted Black, cream, chocolate, tan, silver; Horned; Blue eyed

Blossom                          DOB 3/19/20             MGR E5438

Blossom Red, black, white; Horned; Brown eyed
Blossom Red, black, white; Horned; Brown eyed

Mini Pearl                        DOB 3/22/20             MGR E5437

Mini Pearl is Peacock pattern blue, white with Chocolate moonspots; Horned; Blue eyed
Mini Pearl is Peacock pattern blue, white with Chocolate moonspots; Horned; Blue eyed

Whoops-a-Daisy            DOB 3/23/20             MGR E5425

Whoops-a-Daisy Blue, white, tan; Horned; Marble eyed
Whoops-a-Daisy Blue, white, tan; Horned; Marble eyed

Coat of Many Colors Dolly             DOB 3/24/20             MGR 5436

Dolly is heavily moonspotted Black, white, tan, chocolate; Horned; Marble eyed
Dolly is heavily moonspotted Black, white, tan, chocolate; Horned; Marble eyed